Video game developers have learned over the years that socially-shared achievements are a great way to encourage beginners to learn new tasks. Taking a page from their book, Adobe has a neat new game called LevelUp that encourages Photoshop learning using the same tricks. Available for CS5 and above, the extension encourages exploration and assigns missions to introduce features and tools that player might never have seen before. Tasks include removing redeye, whitening teeth, and replacing the colors in a photo.
Successfully completing the tasks earns you points and badges that can be shared through the game’s website. Points also enter you into regular drawings for such prizes as Creative Cloud memberships and Amazon gift certificates. To play you’ll need to act soon: the game will only run until July 15th.
LevelUp for Photoshop (via John Nack)
Image credits: Screenshots by Gamification